DrnkMcDermott (2869) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 12 oz. Bottle, Apr 16, 2006 This is quite clearly labeled as being produced at the Berkeley brewery. Sold at Wild Oats in a six pack with a cylindrical pilsner/alt glass attached. Pours pale straw with a rocky, lacy head on top. Big German hop smell at opening stays with the pour. Lazy stream of bubbles rises through the glass. A nice German malt, with a very, very slight tart note. Kind of a grassy straw taste, finished of by straightforward noble hops bitterness. A solid interpretation of the style, and who’d a thought a place in Berkeley would have the discipline to make a pils to precise German engineering standards.<hr>Draft, Sept 18, 2005. Sampled in a solid plastic mug, so I couldn’t get a handle on its color. Have to presume it’s okay. Taste, though, is light and "crisp," like American pale macros claim, but this one really is. But beyond that, not much stands out in the way of hops, just the standard German bitterness against pale malts. Finished nice and dry. Again, an imported pilsner that’s probably much better closer to home.
Additional note, Aug 10, 2006. Finishing the sixer, I found that last bottle started to show more nice German hop bitterness. Crisper and cleaner. I think that’s worth bumpint the rating up a notch.
Werckmeister (500) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 1, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle at home bought at random Spar Supermarket. golden, clear, shiny color. small white head. smells very grainy, bread, light malty sweet smell, light citric. light body, soft carbonation, tastes light grainy, light bready, light sweetness, citric, light flowery, dry / light bitter / citric finish. decent, not much to it, and very subtle taste but quite easy to drink.
Frozer (181) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear straw color. Very little thin head. Some skunk in aroma. Flavor however is crisp and fresh. Light grain flavor. Clean finish and great mouthfeel.
Cunningham (5230) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear golden color with a fine white head. Mild malty, some skunky notes (green bottle) and a bit herbal hoppy aroma. Medium body. Moderate sweet and an ok bitterness. Average carbonation. Caramel malty, grainy and herbal hoppy flavor.
[Bottle from a local grocery store in Vienna, Austria]
loubar (140) - Los Gatos, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Safeway. Pours light yellow with a white head. Flavor is dry, grassy hops and biscuit malt with light lemon and citrus hops finish and a tiny bit of skunk. Light bodied with nice peppery carbonation. A classic, light German pilsner. Crisp, refreshing and very easy to drink. Great balance. Really nice.
Ontape (437) - Valley Village, California, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Pretty good pils with the typical notes. Some hops, not a ton. Clean and drinkable but nothing to write home about. Not to say I couldn’t put away a few of them...
maxwelldeux (4079) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear pale yellowish color with a moderate off-white head on there. Nose has some corn and stale grains, though manages to seem crisp. Taste is light and fairly crisp, and slightly sweet. OK, but nothing spectacular.
TedE (353) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2015
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml into glass. Minimal aroma, grassy pepper perhaps? Clear yellow with small film of foam. Little carbonation. Average bitterness, hoppy finish. Some cooked vegetables a tiny amount of malt coming through at the end. Not so great. Einfach Langweilig!
GreatDane1632 (677) - USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank while wandering around Chicago in 2012 -- Great pilsner. Would prefer over the Mass produced Pilsner that’s celebrated centennials.
Wanja (683) - GERMANY - NOV 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap (0.33 l) in Innsbruck... Clear golden color, sparkling body, good head... Nice herb Pilsener taste with some refreshing citrus aroma... Sparkling ending...
ttutony (753) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a thin white head. Aroma of bready malt and spicy hops. Nice malty flavor profile with noble hop notes. Clean finish.